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Obama supporters take to Mass. Street to celebrate Democrat’s victory

Youth flood Massachusetts Street shortly after midnight early Wednesday morning after Barack Obama beat John McCain for President of the United States.  About 100 youth paraded down the street, slapping hands with passing cars, hoisting signs and chanting.

Youth flood Massachusetts Street shortly after midnight early Wednesday morning after Barack Obama beat John McCain for President of the United States. About 100 youth paraded down the street, slapping hands with passing cars, hoisting signs and chanting.

November 5, 2008

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Obama supporters take to Mass. Street

Bells were ringing, flags were waving and car horns were honking in Downtown Lawrence after Barack Obama promised supporters that "change has come." Enlarge video

An Obama supporter, hidden by a mask resembling the to-be President, waves a flag while hanging out of an SUV window shortly after midnight early Wednesday morning after Barack Obama elected the 44th president of the United States.

An Obama supporter, hidden by a mask resembling the to-be President, waves a flag while hanging out of an SUV window shortly after midnight early Wednesday morning after Barack Obama elected the 44th president of the United States.

It wasn't quite the same as the celebration after Kansas University won its basketball national championship, but it came close.

Bells were ringing, flags were waving and car horns were honking in Downtown Lawrence after Barack Obama promised supporters that "change has come."

As the clock struck midnight Wednesday, a growing mob of people paraded their way northbound down the middle of Massachusetts Street.

About hundred Barack Obama supporters were in the streets, waving signs and American flags at drivers, acting goofy and screaming victory in celebration of his win.

Several Lawrence police officers responded to downtown to keep an eye on the gathering..

Comments

yoornotmee 6 years, 1 month ago

Hehe.. "acting goofy". Silly LJWorld :)

Ragingbear 6 years, 1 month ago

The Big Brain am winning agin! I am the greetist! Now I am levving earth for no,rasin!

blakus 6 years, 1 month ago

The youth has spoken!N_Trenched (Anonymous) says: "Let's cheer for higher taxes, more government, socialism, higher energy costs, and vanishing freedom!"-- And the past eight years have been what?.... minus the higher taxes, yup, that has been the bush admin. for ya!

roger_o_thornhill 6 years, 1 month ago

ooh, let's all speculate on what the removed comments were...

Melinda Black 6 years, 1 month ago

Tonight healed me of 8 years of cynicism. The people have spoken.

somebodynew 6 years, 1 month ago

Well, I didn't parade with them, but when I left Abe and Jakes I could hear the horns honking and was celebrating along with them.

cdc 6 years, 1 month ago

Joy is in my heart. Best Day Ever.Now the Republicans finally feel how I've felt the last eight, terrible, TERRIBLE years.

gl0ck0wn3r 6 years, 1 month ago

"About hundred Barack Obama supporters..."Nice writing, LJW.

N_Trenched 6 years, 1 month ago

Yippie!!! Let's cheer for higher taxes, more government, socialism, higher energy costs, and vanishing freedom! Hope we are proud to be CubanAmerican today.

Cityboy 6 years, 1 month ago

Welcome to the USSA. United Socialist States of America

Bruce Rist 6 years, 1 month ago

when was the last time we had a Senator as President?I'll get you two free tickets to the inagural ball if you can tell me?Not really but it would be interesting to know.

more_cowbell 6 years, 1 month ago

"For the T - I'm not shopping in Lawrence any longer. I want no part in financing that broken system."Good for you, Trobs.Stay away from Free State... unless you want to support the BOO!T.X-D

roger_o_thornhill 6 years, 1 month ago

Sorry trobs, probably went too far. I think I read too many people b4 who said some "crazy" stuff and transfered sentiment to ur comment. I think the "T" missed the boat by not having a monorail, or boats...speaking of which. Wouldn't that be fun, the grand canals of Lawrence?

justaverage 6 years, 1 month ago

Last time I checked, the Democrats owned the majority in Congress for the last two years. So, who is at fault? Remember, over 55 million Americans did not vote for Obama. Hopefully, he can encourage Congress to work for the betterment of this country. Time will tell.

booklover 6 years, 1 month ago

Nixon was the last, so what, 40 ish years ago.

Bruce Rist 6 years, 1 month ago

does seem like Senators are elected to President. Usually it's a govenor or VP

justaverage 6 years, 1 month ago

They are out celebrating more unnecessary government programs paid for by more and higher taxes. I couldn't be out late last night celebrating because, I have to work to help pay for all of our wasteful government spending!

woodenfleaeater 6 years, 1 month ago

I am thinking of changing my name to "humb donky"....that is uncalled for and very inappropriate. Proof that is was a good thing McCain wasn't elected.

beawolf 6 years, 1 month ago

Shewmon,I have a suspicion that you are highly medicated when you post.

booklover 6 years, 1 month ago

Nope. Kennedy (JFK) was a senator from 1953-1960. Maybe you are thinking of Robert? I don't know. ... What was the question? :)

calvin 6 years, 1 month ago

Roger O - that is certainly not my hope. I hope we never have anything that horrific happen again. I do think Mr. Obama is a good man and I hope he does an amazing job of running the country and making us once again that shining city on a hill that Ronald R. spoke of. I am hoping for the best .

Daytrader23 6 years, 1 month ago

They are waiving American Flags here this morning in Europe. (and throughout the rest of the world)I repeat, people are out in the streets waving American Flags here in Europe, God bless you America and thank you.It's a far cry from only a year ago when they were burning the American flag. Bush-B-Gone. Welcome Barack Hussein Obama.

Mkh 6 years, 1 month ago

So are these people going to be the new members of Obama's Civilian Homeland Security Force?

RKLOG 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm pretty proud of our KU students. They really got out there and made a difference!

roger_o_thornhill 6 years, 1 month ago

But I do have to say: Can't the kiddos in this town celebrate anything without running amuck in the streets? Or drinking?

BigAl 6 years, 1 month ago

Tom Shewmon (Tom Shewmon) says: If the clueless little imp in the above picture only knew::..*************Obviously, unlike Tom, this "imp" didn't buy the hate and divisiveness spewing out of Fox News and talk radio. This is obviously a young man that can think for himself.

booklover 6 years, 1 month ago

Okay the name of the removed comment is wrong on so many levels. Why isn't this name removed and revoked! Where is the LJW editor!I absolutely AGREE Come on Editors, you can't tell me that you didn't notice that. Are you condoning it? Seriously? You know that's part of the problem don't you.

Bruce Rist 6 years, 1 month ago

LBJ - Vice President Nixon SameI should have been more clear - the office they held before President

scienceofsleep 6 years, 1 month ago

name calling seriously??? Get over it. It is over.

roger_o_thornhill 6 years, 1 month ago

Trobs, I'm sure its the principle, but won't you spend more money travelling to...well where? Topeka? OP? to do your shopping? Even with the temporarily lower gasoline prices, that's going to add a premium...but like I said, I'm sure its the principle.

SMe 6 years, 1 month ago

KUGreenMachine,My my. You call us "ignorant" when we express our concerns. I am absolutely tickled at your display of naivete.I suggest - now that you won't have the media to lead you by the hand - you investigate, "spread the wealth," and while you're at it the definition of Socialism. Then the historical data of the Democratic party in taxing and spending. Now consider the Democratic party now controls the US government completely President and Congress with no checks or balances over spending. Also, and I'm sure you didn't note, the glossed over discussion last night that the President-elect was considering (intending) to keep the political machine that helped elect him active as a "ground level" means to affect local decisions and Congress. Translated to "We'll bring them (&6^ Republicans into line." Shades of 1933.

booklover 6 years, 1 month ago

Oh, well I went with elected. LBJ succeeded after Kennedy's assignation. Kennedy was a sitting senator when he was elected. Nixon was a past senator. I think.

Daytrader23 6 years, 1 month ago

The whole world it taking to the streets to celebrate. Finally, being an American is a good image.

Cityboy 6 years, 1 month ago

Okay... I see how you "suggest to remove" a comment, but how do you suggest to remove a user name?The user name "Noken_Tigger" is racist and very offensive! I can't believe the LJW Editors let this one slide since 11/5. Hello!

booklover 6 years, 1 month ago

Posted this at the other story asking if you were happy with the election results.... but it bears repeating since other's have asked where the trolls are. I have banished them. :)You may thank me by taking a canned good to the food pantry of your choice. Go. Away. Coolhawk. And anyone else who is even thinking about spewing this crap.No more drooling venom spitting trolls! As a first step to taking back this country I say we "the good guys" take back this community forum. No more spitting hate! No more whining about buses or supporting those that need the extra help, no more cutting remarks at each other and calling each out, no more starting blogs just to get an argument started. No more lies and spin. I'm sick of it. We all are. Grow up, grow a pair, go out and actually do something constructive to help this country get back on its feet. That's what we said with our votes. That's what we mean. There is no hidden message, it's all spelled out for you. If you can't take the heat, if you can't help, then crawl back into your hole, stay there and stay quiet and stay out of the way. The rest of us have work to do. It will be hard, it will take awhile and it will not be easy, but we are here for the duration.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 1 month ago

November 4 was a good day for the White House,House,Senate, the T, marci,Tom Holland,Ms Campbell etc etc etc.....

Bruce Rist 6 years, 1 month ago

Kennedy was a House Rep not a Senator

Cityboy 6 years, 1 month ago

Thank you for removing the user name!

etnaligiv 6 years, 1 month ago

I see history is repeating itself. I did not realize this is country is now the "New USSR". I'm very disappointed with this country!

lmw 6 years, 1 month ago

and me, an over 50 was parading with em! GO OBAMA!

slang4d 6 years, 1 month ago

"Yippie!!! Let's cheer for higher taxes, more government, socialism, higher energy costs, and vanishing freedom!"Vanishing freedom? Did someone miss the last eight years? The higher taxes and socialism issues have already been addressed. I hope your cynicism fades a bit over the next ten or so years (the amount of time it will take for us to get close to fixing the mess of the last eight) and you realize this was necessary. Maybe, though, you are one of the people that falsely believes they will be a millionaire one day and you want every little cent of your money for useless crap. Good luck with that...

Cityboy 6 years, 1 month ago

Okay, I just sent a "suggest removal" of my comment about the user name Noken_XXXXXX. Hopefully the staff will see it and wake up!

gl0ck0wn3r 6 years, 1 month ago

"Agnostick (Anonymous) says: You ran like the coward you are: and always will be."What's with the coward thing? It seems that you can rarely post anywhere without calling someone a coward. It is, at best, the tired insult of an older generation. At worst it is virtually the same thing as calling someone a communist, socialist or any other string of silly, relatively meaningless names.Is your behavior some sort of projection or defense mechanism? Is there some sort of masculinity issue at play? I'm curious, since you seem so hot on calling people out as "cowards" - how do you define it? Clearly it can't involve (as others suggest) posting under one's own name since you do not.

Cityboy 6 years, 1 month ago

Okay the name of the removed comment is wrong on so many levels. Why isn't this name removed and revoked! Where is the LJW editor!

Bruce Rist 6 years, 1 month ago

bookloversorry you are right - Same question - last time we had a Senator go directly to President

Bladerunner 6 years, 1 month ago

Im sure the entire middle east and purveyors of backpacks and explosives share in your joy. We are certainly headed to hell in a forign made hand basket.

calvin 6 years, 1 month ago

The greatest thing about last night was how the vote didn't even matter. Approximately 4 seconds after the polls in CA closed they declared "that one" to be the winner. That is awesome considering not a single vote was counted. But congrats to Mr. Obama. I am sure all of the supid a$$ people who supported you will be so proud when we have another 9/11 like incident occur and you have no clue how to respond.

Mkh 6 years, 1 month ago

Flea says:"Heck yeah, and I would be proud to serve in his Civilian Homeland Security Force. Last night was a great, historical, monumental night. Not only for the Democratic Party, but for America. It's about time we start getting back on track. What a great day!"---------------------------------------------------Mussolini would have loved you.

KUGreenMachine 6 years, 1 month ago

For those of you who cry socialism and terrorist, it is truely sad that you could be so ignorant. It almost makes me sad to think that there are people out there that think that. higher taxes?...Obama has only called for lowering taxes, unlike McCainmore government?...well, government sitting on their ass the last 8 years has worked out so well....obviously the majority of america feels that they have been misrepresented for the last 8socialism?...look up the definition, and there is no way you can claim socialism...it is the most foolish claim that you can make...it is even more frustrating than that MU fan at work who can't stop telling you how much better MU is than KU at basketball....higher energy costs?...how so? investing in renewable, unlimited energy resources within our own country makes energy costs higher?????...that could be the most outlandish comment yet...vanishing freedom????? yeah, that statement just proves that you are a joke.did the ussr vote?...did they have our constitution?...did they have freedom?....it is silly for you to claim these thingsit is time that the far right/ christian faith based government takes a back seat to the majority of america for a while. it is time for government to listen to its people and not just push their own personal agenda forth on us. it is time that this country renews faith in idea of the united states, land of the FREE, where everyone's rights are protected under the constitution. as Obama has said, better days are ahead. and for all those claiming "fox news talking points" like higher taxes, since you can't seem to open your ears and listen to what Obama has been saying, you can send your higher tax returns and stimulus checks he imposes to me. i'd be happy to take them off your hands....haha thanks!

Trobs 6 years, 1 month ago

ROCK CHAL...Wait...this isn't celebrating the championship?Damn.For the T - I'm not shopping in Lawrence any longer. I want no part in financing that broken system.For Obama - It's a glorious revolution comrades! If you think Obama will not raise taxes, you have never read history. Democrats raise taxes. Simple truth. Go look it up.

Cityboy 6 years, 1 month ago

Okay, 11/5 isn't very long, but the user name still needs to go!It's been a long election!

commuter 6 years, 1 month ago

Good luck Obama. Only time will tell how good of a president you will be. Funny statistic. Three of the last four presidents signed major tax legislation during their first 9 months in the oval office. Reagan, Clinton, and GW Bush. Both Reagan and Bush's signature lowered the tax rates while Clinton's signature increased taxes.Funny thing though Reagan was the only one of the three whose party didn't have a majority it both the House and Senate.

roger_o_thornhill 6 years, 1 month ago

Fair enough calvin! Once again, I think I took out on you what was a build up of comments here and elsewhere that were very disturbing indeed. I probably shouldn't shoot from the hip so much.

MIke Mallory 6 years, 1 month ago

NOBAMA KEPT SAYING CHANGE, BUT HE NEVER SAID WHAT HE WOULD CHANGE, HEY ALL YOU LIBERALS, HE AINT HELPING YOU. JUST WATCH!!!!!!!!11

ku_tailg8 6 years, 1 month ago

Ku students made their names heard? Didn't McCain win Kansas? Anyways this is like the Oj verdict. It doesn't really move you because it isn't really going to affect you. Call me disgruntled at the whole thing but I hope you are all right. I will give Obama the benefit of the doubt. You can't help but be moved by him when he speaks. I just hope he knows now he has to produce. No excuses. Bush didn't get any...he was blamed for 9/11 10 months into his presidency. God I hope Obama can produce what he says. Lets all come together and do this!

gl0ck0wn3r 6 years, 1 month ago

"Agnostick (Anonymous) says: Sore loser much, gl0Ck0wN3r?"I'm not the one calling people names and acting like a child. Should I take your response as your answer? Are you really that unable to defend your behavior?Regarding the T: I have made it clear on other threads that I thought (and think) that additional taxation in Lawrence only hurts the proles and will eventually create a local financial crisis that cannot be ignored. Had the tax on the proles not passed, it would have been better - but this outcome is good too.

Confrontation 6 years, 1 month ago

Poor scared troll Tom. It must be sad in that pathetic little world of yours.

roger_o_thornhill 6 years, 1 month ago

Calvin, it that your hope? Do you really want "another 9/11 like incident"? I don't understand. Just for Obama's come-up'ins? Plus, seriously, anyone could respond better than Bush. What did he do? He sat dumbfounded, then hopped a plane for an "undisclosed location", at the precise moment this country needed its "leader". Sour grapes are one thing, but many of the posts here have so much venom dripping from that...well, I don't know what. I sure hope you and your ilk can calm down just a bit. It is as sad as the boo-ing that Sen. McCain had to try to quiet during his concession speech last night--he seemed somewhere between annoyed and embarassed by it. I think HE is optimistic about the future-or at the very least reserving judgement. I don't think he's hoping for any "9/11 like incidents" just so he can say,"here's your come-up'ins Obama". and P.S. calvin, was the greatest thing about the 2000 election the fact that the vote didn't even matter too? Of course as Justice Scalia says," Get over it".

maxcrabb 6 years, 1 month ago

Was there an election last night?(I fell asleep after the game...)

woodenfleaeater 6 years, 1 month ago

Mkh (Anonymous) says: So are these people going to be the new members of Obama's Civilian Homeland Security Force?Flea says:Heck yeah, and I would be proud to serve in his Civilian Homeland Security Force. Last night was a great, historical, monumental night. Not only for the Democratic Party, but for America. It's about time we start getting back on track. What a great day!

Trobs 6 years, 1 month ago

Actually, I work in Overland Park. It's a simple matter of stopping across the street before I head home. The system is broken, as per the norm we don't fix it. Throw more money at it and it'll get better. It if gets better, I'm wrong and I'll admit it. I guarantee T supporters will admit the same if the sales tax doesn't make it all better.

Trobs 6 years, 1 month ago

I stopped taking offense to anything said online a long time ago. I do my best to speak clearly and make my point without getting emotional about it. Once emotions take over, your rational thought leaves. It is possible to be passionate about something and discuss it without getting angry. That being said. I think the T is completely broken. To ride from my home on 6th street to 31st takes over a hour. That is a 10 minute ride in my car. The University runs a separate system why? With this tax approved I hope they move quickly to combine the systems completely. I am all for mass transit, I am not however for wasteful spending. I dropped my affiliation with the Republican Party years ago when I finally woke up and realize they are no longer the party of small government and low spending. That reason is the same for my opposition to the T. Too wasteful and poorly designed.

notajayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Not to take anything away from what was a historical moment for our country, but since I've lived around here, it diesn't seem like it takes much to get people out celebrating on Mass.

DeeDee55 6 years, 1 month ago

How dare you post this comment! Those "bunch of hippies" happen to be some of the brightest and most ambitious students in Lawrence. They represent the very best of both Lawrence High Schools and The University of Kansas. They also happen to be your future leaders! They are working hard for their degrees so they can make a real difference in a world full of people, just like you. And BTW, this video was shot after 10:00 on election night 2008, as history was being made in our country. One of the Moms

MightBeJesus 6 years, 1 month ago

N_Trenched, socialism is fun stuff. Don't get your panties in a bunch. Jeff, you suck, but I love you just the same.

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